We had the good fortune of connecting with Gabrielle & Pallavi Ruiz & Sastry and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Gabrielle & Pallavi, is there something you believe many others might not?
We disagree with the mentality that we should struggle for our art. We hate that. We are artists yes, but assuming that artists can’t have things like comfort, money, and abundance is actually limiting our artistry. It’s counterproductive to us doing our work while being happy and fulfilled both financially and artistically. Because of that, we have a great business together that is thriving, productive, mentorship, and heart centered business, which is our multimedia podcast, What Are Friends For.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
There are 1 million podcasts on itunes. Ours stands out because we dive into the meaningful, joyful, and sometimes uncomfortable conversations about friendship or what we call, Platonic Love. The media has conditioned us to believe that romantic love is the highest love, and we like to highlight how the skills required to have a successful romantic relationship are the same skills required to nurture successful friendships. The pandemic threw our whole production schedule off track but we didn’t see it as a challenge. We saw it as a whole new world of virtual possibilities. We’ve produced 55 podcast episodes and 10 Live Zoom shows in 10 months. We’ve learned that delegating and building the team has been the key to our success. We have a transcontinental team of volunteers, producers, and assistants that make the show happen. It’s not just the 2 of us. We like to share the spotlight and the success.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Breakfast every day at Pallavi’s house. She’s an amateur vegan chef. Day 1 Definitely have to hit Griffith Park for a hike up to the Observatory. Have dinner at Black Market Liquor Bar in Studio City
Day 2 Santa Monica for the beach and some Sidecar Donuts.
Day 3 Interview them for our podcast since they are our best friend, and we have a friendship podcast. Dinner that night at Gokoku Vegetarian Ramen House in North Hollywood.
Shopping at the Grove and go see a talk show like Ellen or James Corden. Lunch at Crossroads on Melrose in WeHo.
Day 4 Disneyland!
Day 5 morning indoor climbing at Verdigo Boulders in Burbank, and then go to a Korean Spa to relax and unwind for the rest of the day.
Day 6 Go crash another friend’s pool and have rose and cruzer pizza.
Day 7 drive them to the airport because we’re very good friends. The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Nick Demos is a director and producer that hired us when we were college students. Gave us our first leading role jobs and coincidentally introduced us by hiring us in the same show. He believed in us and continues to believe in our potential as artists, entrepreneurs, and philanthropists. Check him out at www.nickdemos.com. He coaches creatives to be amazing and have amazing businesses. We’re good examples of his mentorship.
Other: Listen to WAFF Podcast: pod.link/1439740697 TikTok: @waffpodcast Gabrielle Ruiz: @gabrielleruiz Pallavi Sastry: @pallavisastry
Key Art Illustration is by: Aishwarya Sukesh